Gold Coast growth sets southern focus for Coomera Connector Stage 1
Published Friday, 25 October, 2019 at 01:12 PM
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Construction of a major new road east of the M1 between Coomera and Nerang will be prioritised to take pressure off the highway and support growing north Gold Coast communities.
The Palaszczuk Government will start consultation next month on its plans for stage one of the Coomera Connector, also known as the ‘second M1’.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said traffic data and population projections presented a compelling case for staging the project, starting at the Gold Coast end of the major M1 alternative.
“Traffic counts done earlier this year showed 210,000 vehicles travel on the M1 between Coomera and Nerang every day,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Current TMR estimates tell us constructing the southern section as stage one would take up to 60,000 vehicles a day off the M1 at the Coomera River.”
The Premier said residents could expect to see a lot of work happening around the proposed stage one route in the coming months.
“TMR staff will start talking with residents next month, with flora and fauna studies and detailed plans being drawn up,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We’re on track to start work on the business case in the coming months too.”
Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said she had been calling for an alternative to the M1 on the Gold Coast on behalf of her community since being elected.
“I have backed the planning being done by our government since day one,” Ms Scanlon said.
“We would be closer to building the Coomera Connector had the LNP not blocked it when they were last in power.
“I can’t change that, but I can make sure it gets done now.
“Prioritising the Coomera to Nerang section for stage one is definitely the right call.”
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said prioritising the Gold Coast section meant the focus would come off the northern section of the Coomera Connector between Loganholme and Coomera.
“Staging the works will give the project team more time to investigate potential alternative routes for the northern section, to take into account local environmental concerns,” he said.
“TMR will also work with the community, the Queensland Government’s Koala Advisory Council, other volunteer groups and government environmental agencies to develop a Coomera Connector environmental management plan.
“The people of the Gold Coast want action on an M1 alternative, while those living along the northern section of the proposed route want us to look at other options.
“We have listened to their concerns and the decision to stage these works by putting the Gold Coast first means we can keep moving ahead with this as a priority project.”
The 45-kilometre Coomera Connector corridor between Loganholme and Nerang was formally confirmed in the Queensland Government Gazette on 15 March 2019.
The prioritised southern section will run from Nerang Broadbeach Road at Nerang, to Foxwell Road at Coomera.
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